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Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral af Mary…
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Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral (udgave 2015)

af Mary Doria Russell (Forfatter)

Serier: Doc Holliday (2)

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Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. . . .  That was America in 1881. All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26 when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West. Epitaph tells Wyatt's real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.… (mere)
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Titel:Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral
Forfattere:Mary Doria Russell (Forfatter)
Info:Ecco (2015), Edition: Reprint, 543 pages
Samlinger:LibroFM, Audio books, Dit bibliotek
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Nicely written with a different twist on Doc Holiday and the OK Corral. ( )
  rolnickj | Aug 3, 2021 |
The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral lasted a matter of seconds, yet the buildup to it took months to develop and the memory haunted survivors for the rest of their lives. Mary Doria Russell tells the whole story in “Epitaph,” her 2015 novel that may hold more truth than fiction, perhaps even more truth than most historical accounts of the gunfight.

The book might be seen as a sequel to “Doc,” her outstanding earlier novel about Doc Holliday in Dodge City. Now Doc and the Earp brothers have moved to Tombstone, hoping some of the bountiful silver mine money will wind up in their pockets. Instead they get nothing but trouble.

This time Russell's focus is on Wyatt Earp and she writes quite a different sort of novel, hardly seeming like a sequel at all. This one is longer, full of more characters and more story threads, all weaving their way toward the O.K. Corral.

Much of the story involves a runaway Jewish girl from San Francisco named Sadie Marcuse, who now calls herself Josie. An actress passing through Tombstone, she becomes attached to Johnny Behan, an up-and-coming politician who will become sheriff. Later she becomes drawn to Wyatt, whom she realizes is a much better man, more likely to remain faithful to her and less likely to beat her. Her desire for a faithful man does not keep her from turning, briefly, to prostitution, however.

The Josie factor is one that leads to the gunfight. Another is Kate, the woman Doc loves when she is away yet can't get along with when she is around. Her actions, too, cause trouble. Doc, despite his frailty from tuberculosis, has a reputation as a troublemaker, another factor. Then there are the Cow Boys. a group of cattle rustlers, robbers and troublemakers who always seem to have solid alibis when the law closes in. And when Johnny becomes sheriff, he becomes their ally rather than their foe. All these factors and others lead to that gunfight.

After the gunfight and the subsequent shooting death of Morgan Earp, Wyatt, who formerly had been the most quiet, devout and civil of the Earps, becomes a killing machine, determined to wipe out the Cow Boys singlehandedly, if necessary

Russell follows Wyatt all the way to his death, Sadie still at his side, years later, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral still the source of both his fame and his infamy.

Russell's novel probably will not be the last word on the gunfight, but anything else will have to be very, very good to top it. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Apr 30, 2021 |
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a tale that’s been told many times before in fiction, films and facts. It’s become part of a national mythology that started with the contemporary newspaper reportage in 1881 and blossomed and grew after the first book lengths accounts appeared in the early decades of the twentieth century. No small part of its fascination is how many ways the story can be told.

Russell’s novel of this revenge drama stands out as one of the best for its characterizations and for her insight that the suppressed rage adversaries Ike Clanton and Wyatt Earp had inherited as abused children led up to the showdown and engendered the vendetta that followed. ( )
  MaowangVater | Apr 3, 2021 |
I didn't really expect to think much of this one, but I wound up liking it a lot. Russell tells the story of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday in a really engaging and I think fair (meaning, she acknowledges their imperfections) way. Sometimes the pacing was a little staccato for me when she would group a lot of rapid-fire vignettes into a single chapter, but on the whole it was easy and enjoyable to read. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Many years ago, I’m not sure exactly how many, but it was before 2007 I read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, it was chosen as a group read by FantasyFavourites Yahoo Group. And I love it. So much. I bought and read the sequel The Children of God. Loved it too, although not quite so much as The Sparrow. And ever since those books I’ve taken it for granted that if Russell has a book out I should give it a go. But for some reason after I bought Doc it sat on my shelves waiting to be read. And waiting. But then I rewatched Open Range and all of a sudden I was in the mood for westerns1. So I picked up Doc, and really loved it, and then had to buy the sequel, Epitaph, which follows the Earps, Wyatt in particular, as he becomes the legend of Tombstone.

I just love the way Russell tells the story. She knows that her reader is probably familiar with some version of the history. So there is no need to avoid spoilers, instead she uses the readers own knowlesde to build up this horrible, wonderful, tension and expectation as the Earps’ head towards that fateful, fatal day and the shootout at the O.K. Corral. The inexorable march towards doom.

It is awfully sad.

It is also so very beautiful. It tells as balanced a story as may be possible after all this time, and after so much has been written about those events. Even at the time the facts were in dispute. Aren’t they always? And nothing is ever black and white when you are dealing with human interactions. If you are looking for a “bad guys wear black hats” sort of a western then this is not the book for you. Instead it is a book all about how broken people can be, how they can try so very hard to do the right thing and yet still come out doing the exact opposite of that.

Epitaph is also a book that deals with the women of the story, how they dealt with that society, with their lack of power and agency. And then of course with the aftermath, and how people’s lives don’t just end after some big historical event2 but instead have to continue living, earning money, paying their way and dealing with whatever fall-out may result from their actions.

Oh, just go read it. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
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Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. . . .  That was America in 1881. All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26 when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West. Epitaph tells Wyatt's real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

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